In a bid to promote a culture of learning and instil a passion for books, a school library programme was last week launched in Mtubatuba.
Launched as a partnership between Umfolozi Sugar Mill (USM) and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, a pilot library book collection kick-started the project, with MacMillan Publishers donating books.
Two schools in the Mtubatuba area – Mzabalazo Primary School in Dukuduku and Gilonki High School in Nkundusi – were selected as beneficiaries in the pilot project, on specific criteria.
That criteria stipulated that the schools already make use of other library resources, that an existing library resource is in place and is accessible to both learners and teachers, and that there is a dedicated teacher responsible for managing the library resources.
‘After looking at a number of applications from schools within the neighbouring area that have a relationship with both the park and USM, iSimangaliso was impressed with the way in which the library was resourced and managed at these two,’ said iSimangaliso Project and Facilitation Assistant, Nosipho Ngcobo.
‘Most of the library books have an environmental theme, in the hope that we can improve access to information, instil a passion for books and promote a culture of reading.’
The first book handover took place at Mzabalazo Primary School earlier this month.
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‘We are happy that among all schools in the Mtubatuba municipal area, we were one of two who were selected,’ said Mzabalazo’s Principal, Mr Ndulini.
The second handover was at Gilonki High School where Principal Mrs Thusi welcomed the project and explained the project to the learners.
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